Replacement of plank :
Be sure to keep some spare allure planks in case there is an unforeseen need for replacement.
If you need to replace a plank, use a heat gun and heat up the outside of the damaged plank, along the ‘under lip’ of gripstrip on long and butt end of the plank. You can determine the ‘under lip’ gripstrip by finding the installation starting wall, it is on the right side when facing plank and starting wall is on your left from the second row on. Hold the head gun at least 150mm away and be careful not to burn surface of plank. This will soften the adhesive enough for you to then make and incision with your utility knife along the seam cutting through the whole plank.
Be sure you have a very sharp blade in your utility knife, cut a slot around the short edge from the long side you just cut. Then using a flat head screw driver or putty knife, pry up the damaged plank. Once you can grip the plank, pull it away from the ‘under lip’ gripstrip from the adjoining plank be careful not to rip or damage strip.
On ‘over lip’ gripstrip on adjoining plank use heat gun to soften adhesive and peel back original ‘under lip’ gripstrip on side and butt end of plank.
Lift adjoining planks and slide replacement plank into place. Use a hand roller on all four seams of plank.
If strip is damaged, then please replace using alternate method.
Use a heat gun being careful not to burn plank surface. This will soften the adhesive enough for you to then make an incision with your utility knife along the seam cutting through both the ‘over lip’ and ‘under lip’ gripstrip. Do this on all four sides. Make sure you have a very sharp blade in your utility knife, cut a slot in the center of the plank to be removed. Then using a flat head screw driver or putty knives, pry up the damaged plank. If the edges of plank that is removed do not cut out cleanly, you may need to go back with your sharp utility knife and with a straight edge ‘clean up’ the edges so that perfect rectangle is left with no gripstrips remaining from the adjoining plank.
When installing the replacement plank, first cut off the ‘under lip’ gripstrip from one side and simply ‘attach it’ to the ‘over lip’ on the opposite side. Do this for both the long and short sides.
Take double face tape and cut four pieces to be place all around the plank leaving the bottom cover on tape lift adjoining planks and side tape into position leaving at least 25mm of tape exposed all around plank.
Position replacement planks and press into place. By not gluing the tape to the floor, you will keep the installation floating so no buckling can occur.